Richard Kleppe

Richard Kleppe


Richard Kleppe, 84, of Oelwein passed away Saturday January 2, 2021 at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo.  There will not be any services at this time.  A Celebration Of Life will be held at a later date.  The Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home in Oelwein is assisting the family.  For condolences, please visit

Richard Lloyd Kleppe was born on the family farm near West Union on November 13, 1936 to parents Otto and Lillie (Barness) Kleppe.  He graduated from West Union High School.  On June 14, 1955 he was united in marriage with Louise Hilgerson at Bethany Lutheran Church in Ossian.  Richard farmed, and had been employed as a feed truck driver for Wilson’s Purina in West Union, and an Auto Body Mechanic for Underdahl Chevrolet in Independence.  Richard and his son Rick owned and operated Kleppe’s Auto Body in Oelwein from 1981-2008.  He later was a delivery driver for Rite Price Office Supply in Oelwein.  Richard loved camping and fishing and enjoyed many weekends doing so at Lake City, MN.

Left to celebrate Richard’s life is his wife Louise; his children: Rick (Tina) Kleppe of Oelwein, Chrissy (Chris) Luckeroth of Oelwein, Tom (Jill) Kleppe of Harpers Ferry and Lori (Kenneth) Webb of Oelwein; his seven grandchildren; his fourteen great-grandchildren; his sister Ethel (Dale) Hilsenbeck of Waterloo; and his sister-in-law Sharon Anderson of West Union.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father Hildmer Berentson; his grandchildren: Jeremy Latham and Joshua Kleppe.


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